{Recipe} Lentil Shepherd’s Pie-Vegan & Oil Free


 I can't believe I don't have a shepherd's pie recipe on the blog--I make it a lot so it was time to pin down my process.

For the mashed potatoes:
3 large potatoes (approximately 3 pounds), peeled and chopped
1/2-1 cup of non dairy milk (I used soy)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 TBS nutritional yeast
For the filling:
1/2 onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups dried lentils (green or brown)
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups mixed vegetables (frozen is fine or a mix of fresh & frozen)
1/2 bag frozen chopped kale
1 can tomato paste
1 TBS vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried poultry seasoning
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1 dried bay leaf
salt & pepper
paprika for topping
To make:
  • Preheat oven to 400ºF
  • Add the chopped potatoes to a pot and cover with water. Bring to a low boil and cook until fork tender
  • Sauté the onions in some water, adding more as needed. Add the minced garlic and cook for a few minutes
  • Add lentils and broth and bring to a boil then turn down to simmer until lentils are cooked
  • Get your veggies ready. I used a mix of frozen corn and peas, fresh carrots and riced cauliflower

  • Add tomato paste and spices to the lentil mixture while it's cooking. 
  • Add vegetables to the lentil mixture once the lentils are done cooking (25-35 minutes)
  • Add some kale or spinach (optional), stir and heat through, keeping on warm
  • Drain the potatoes, reserving some (1/2- 1 cup) of the cooking water.  
  • Mash the potatoes with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast and non-dairy milk.  Add some of the reserved cooking water if needed.  Taste for seasonings and adjust if necessary
  • Pour the lentil mixture into a 2 quart baking dish  (remove the bay leaf)--mine wasn't quite big enough so I had to make a small pie too!
  • Spread the mashed potatoes over the lentil mixture
  • I like to decorate the top with a fork and to add paprika
The bonus pie.
  • Bake at 400ºF for 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown

Serves 4-6.  It's even better the next day!

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